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  1. #1
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    Little Help!: Looking for a 500g or 1kg roaster.

    All, Iím a home roaster looking to step up to a 500g or 1kg roaster. I would appreciate any leads and/or recommendations. New or used, located in Florida.
    Thank you!

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    Depends what you're looking for.

    If you wanna still fit into the 110v outlet and have good control over beans, try the Bullet R1
    https://www.sweetmarias.com/aillio-b...1-roaster.html

    Currently OOS (out of stock). Theyre usually new like ~2800.

    Try the huky 500, theyre pretty affordable and you don't need 220v or anything like that.

    Personally, if you really want to get into coffee, I would get a more commercial type roaster that will accept 220v. You can truly up your roasting capabilites. If you have a decent foundation in roasting, those commercial machines really make the whole coffee roasting process way more precise and alot easier. (oh and fun too) I feel that anything bigger than 1kg really makes the coffee roasting process more enjoyable because smaller batches are very sensitive to changes. In roasting, you generally shouldnt be making sudden changes I BELIEVE. Unless your temps are not within in roasting profile.

    ANYWAYS, you do you.

    Don

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    Hello Don, I've looked at the Bullet R1 and the Huky 500 but I was looking for something closer to a commercial type roaster like the MCR 1kg. Since I'm roasting for myself and my family I'm not looking to jump to anything bigger than a 1kg so it sounds like I'll have to deal with more variability. I was looking to get around the 220v by using a step-up transfer and my gas would be propane (no natural gas at my house).

    I'll do my best to be me, just need to define who I am first!

    Thanks.

    dd

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    Most likely, if you're using gas (natural or LP) you won't need 220v... that would only be if the heating came from electricity.

    I use an Ambex 2K. Once you know the roaster, smaller batches of 1lb to 1K are easy enough. Maybe you can find something like that, used. I bought mine used 10 years ago, roast ~100#/mo. and it has never needed repairs, only normal PM.

    You might also consider Mill City Roasters. The have a very capable 1K roaster.

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    Yes, I have been looking at the the Mill City Roaster 1kg model, would like to pick up a used one if I could. Sounds like your Ambex 2K has served you well! Getting repair/maintenance history is a big help too. With my limited knowledge, I've never heard of Ambex. I checked them out and it looks like the 2k is their smallest model. It's worth a call though, they're located in Clearwater, FL maybe I'll visit them.

    Thank you for your recommendations!

    dd

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    dd66 - do you have a good outdoor space or well vented indoor space? Something to consider is the venting for smoke... if you get into a 1K you will need to have some type of ventilation. And what is your experience level - have you roasted before?

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    That's a very good point!
    I've been roasting on my Gene Cafe for about 3 years now and yes I roast outside. I've made that mistake (roasting inside) before back in my roasting with a modified popcorn popper days. When I do upgrade, I'm prepared to provide the required ventilation for the new system.

    thanks,

    dd

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    what is your budge

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    Trying to stay under $5k delivered for a used 1 kg roaster in good condition. Don't think I can get a new one for that?

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    Well - your choices are pretty limited ... there is not a lot between the 'home/prosumer' mark like the Hucky / Quest M3's / Hottop. Your next step up is finding a used Mill City or Ambex... although I have heard that Ambex support is not great (if you expect much when buying a used machine). The only other option that I'm aware of in the US (are you US based?) is Buckeye Roasters.

 

 
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